KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo made great strides on Tuesday toward forging a strategic and more meaningful partnership with a Korean university that will enhance international study opportunities and increase global awareness for students and faculty.
A visit from Dr. Hwa Jim Shim, president of Sungshin Women’s University, to IU Kokomo was significant in solidifying and enriching the 11-year exchange program between the two universities.
Chancellor Michael Harris emphasizes the importance of IU Kokomo students and faculty having international opportunities in a global world, and of expanding the relationship with Sungshin.
“We are looking forward to enhancing this relationship that will undoubtedly increase global awareness for our students, as well as play a major role in increasing academic excellence and student success in a competitive, global world,” said Chancellor Harris. “We know Dr. Shim and Sungshin University have a great passion for health, welfare, and culture. We share very similar values. Especially as we look at globalization and knowledge, many of the focuses of Sungshin University are things we care deeply about.”
Just this past year, very successful exchanges took place as students from Sungshin studied at IU Kokomo, and students and faculty from IU Kokomo spent time in Korea. Currently, Michael Tulley, professor of education, is teaching at Sungshin.
During her visit, Dr. Shim toured the campus and was impressed with the facilities, including the nursing clinical simulation center, the Art Gallery, and the Library.
“I am excited to be here. By visiting, we can learn more about the experiences of our students and talk more with the professors who helped them have such a wonderful time here,” Dr. Shim stated at a reception in her honor. “I am looking forward to enhancing the relationship.”
“Two of our students who were here in January came back to tell me the wonderful experiences they had here, how they learned so much and made so many friends, and that they made the right choice by participating in this program,” she added. President Shim thanked Chancellor Harris for the warm reception she received and expressed a deep commitment to work with him to grow the partnership.
Thanks to a generous grant from Dr. Se-Ung Lee, a South Korean businessman and philanthropist, a nursing exchange program between IU Kokomo and Sungshin Women’s University and Jesus University was established in 2000. Although the program initially involved only nursing students, a subsequent financial gift from Dr. Lee granted the exchange to expand to include all majors.
Chancellor Harris has been invited by Dr. Lee to visit Sungshin this fall.
“I am looking forward to meeting him as soon as possible,” he said.
In 2009, Dr. Lee, chairman of the board of the Shin Il Educational Foundation and the Seoul Cyber University, received the IU Distinguished International Service Award.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.